Who are the three new stars for the Bulldogs?
Coach Tom Black is busy with their moves in the offseason as they continue to add more stars to the squad. The Georgia Bulldogs are working hard to boost their chances in the NCAA and they want to keep on pushing for more stars after adding three last summer.
The addition of outside hitter Ana Julia Bleeker, opposite Tori Harper, and outside hitter Estelle Haugen was a big shock to the rest of the league as fans never saw it coming. These three stars were the best in their own spots, and it is a big win for the Bulldogs to snag them all into their roster.
For Black, this is all about winning and putting their chances up for good. The team is raring to go and try their shot at the league title in the coming season. This says a lot about their hopes of breaking the drought that is going on for years.
Ana Julia Bleeker
Bleeker came from Windermere High School and was a four-year starter in the varsity. She helped the Wolves to tally 80 wins in her career along with three district titles. In 2021, WHS finished as a runner-up in the state title thanks to her antics. She is a multi-time all-metro team player and also plays for OTVA in Florida.
Bleeker is a three-time AAU All-American (13U, 15U, 16U). He is seen by Black as a true student of the game and sees her as a player who wants to be aware of all her plays on the court.
Harper signed to Georgia from Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, Nevada. She was a four-year starter for the varsity team and led the Miners to back to back championships at the regional level in 2020 and 2021. Harper was also named Player of the Year by USA Today and Gatorade for her efforts in her junior season.
Tori was praised by Black for her efforts to sign with Georgia when there were a lot of teams that were chasing her signature last summer. The coach also said that Harper has a bright future with the team in the long run.
‘Tori has received a ton of accolades and honors throughout her high school career, and she'll go even further as a Dawg’, Black said. ‘She can hit and block on both pins, and she competes like crazy on the court. We expect great things from Tori and we know she's ready for this’.
Haugen signed to UGA from Southwest Christian High School in Minnesota and like the first two, she also served as a four-year varsity starter for the Stars. She is a three-time all-state and all-conference performer so far and even played for the USA training team as well.
The Miners won 30 games in 2021 and Haugen was named as the conference MVP in 2020. Off the court, she is also a member of the National Honor Society and is a student council leader. She balanced her game well and Black says she can be a lethal force for the team.
‘Estelle is a high flyer and complete volleyball player. Her heart and desire to compete is as big as anyone in her class’, Black said. ‘We cannot wait to get her here. The sky is the limit for her’.
The Bulldogs are in for a climb in the 2021-22 season, and they are eager to make sure that they can boost their chances with the new stars they added.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores